Mumbai Tourist Spots

Mumbai is one of the major cities in India where the cultural and religious diversities are having a hard time competing with the economical diversities. A keen observer might feel a bit perplexed seeing the dazzling high-rises and ultra-modern lifestyles and at the same time, maybe at the same place, the filthy slums and miserable standard of living of a vast amount of population.

The best time to visit this city, like any other city in the South Asian region, is the winter season when it is dry and cold. The humidity in the summer is quite high and being a coastal city, the rainy season is full of rainfalls and frequent floods and storms. For this reason, a summer trip is often discouraged as transport infrastructure does not remain in a great shape.

Accommodation

Hotel price hits the rock bottom during offseason. The famous hotel Taj or Nariman Point costs $120-$130 during these times, which in peak seasons crosses way over $200. A two-star hotel can easily be found costing $40-$50 per night. The city is huge and it is not easy to pick a place to stay and you cannot find good budget hotels everywhere. Most tourist spots are near or in the South District. Usually, a lot of travelers stay in the Colaba area, where you would be able to find some pretty good budget guesthouses. There are some other budget hotels and lodges are in Dadar or Rail Station area but they are very filthy and to be honest not decent. YMCA could be another fine area to stay.

Transportation

The easiest way to travel within the city is by taxis. There are plenty of public bus and train services available but they are always much crowed. For short distances, auto rickshaws are a good choice, but they are not allowed everywhere. You can also call for private taxis, usually arrives within half an hour. They are air-conditioned and with GPS equipment, and runs by meter (20 Rs/Km).

Food

One can find country’s unparalleled cultural diversities in Mumbai’s wide array of cuisines. There lots and lots of fine restaurants, street food shops and cafes filled with some spicy, exotic and mind-blowing dishes. You need to remember that India has the second largest population in earth divided by their own cultures, way of living and of course food choices and as Mumbai is arguably the most important city of this giant country, it has been fortunate enough to hold the melting pot that contains delicious sustenance from all over the country.

Take a glance of the top dishes here: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/mar/01/10-best-street-food-mumbai-india
There are budget food shop available everywhere and you can have a 3 times meals a day for $8-$10 per person. FYI McDonalds Chicken cost $1.41 and there is no Beef.

Tourist spots of Mumbai

1

Gateway Of India

Overlooking the mighty Arabian Sea, the famous Gateway of India is located at the South District. The place is always crowed with locals and tourists. It might make you feel like a continuous fair that is going on here with the constant clamor of balloon and snacks sellers. From Colava it is 3 Km straight ahead. Auto rickshaws are not permitted here so you have to take a taxi or public bus.
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2

Chowpatty Beach

Located 6.6 Km away from Colaba this is a top spot for an afternoon fresh air inhalation for couples, families and a lot of tourists. You can get there by a taxi from Colaba.
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3

Taj Mahal Palace

This is the most gorgeous hotel in Mumbai, some might say in whole India, where Islamic architecture meets Renaissance structural design. This place was the prime target of infamous 26/11 attack. It is adjacent to the Gateway of India and you can just walk there from Gateway of India.
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4

Elephanta Island

Listed as one of the UNESCO heritage sites this is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city. The place is full of ancient sculptures and medieval tapestry. First you need to reach Gateway of India, and then from there you need to get on a ferry, launch or boat to reach there. Tickets are available at the gate and the journey will take an hour.
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5

Adlabs Aquamagica

Located outside the city (detail address: 30/31, Sangdewadi, Khopoli-Pali Road,SH 92, Off Mumbai-Pune Express Way Tal-Khalapur, Dist- Khopoli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 410203) this place is ‘little bit overpriced’ yet a wonderful water park. For direction and more information: http://wonderfulmumbai.com/adlabs-aquamagica-water-park-rides-ticket-dress-info/
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